Alton man gets 40 years for birdbath murder -

Alton man gets 40 years for birdbath murder

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV/AP) -- An Alton, Illinois man convicted of killing a 77-year-old man by hitting him with a concrete birdbath and strangling him; has been handed down his sentence.
Ray Slack, 43, of Alton will serve 40 years in prison for the murder of  Robert Garrett on March 16 2011.
Jurors deliberated about four hours in March before finding Slack guilty of murder and armed robbery charges.
Prosecutors say Slack killed Robert Garrett last year after the older man refused to lend him money, at one point hitting Garrett in the face with a concrete birdbath base. Garrett also was strangled with a rope.
Defense attorney Tony Muhlenkamp claimed that Slack acted in self-defense because he knew Garrett carried a knife and gun. Muhlenkamp says Slack and the victim were like family.
In addition to the murder conviction, Slack was sentenced to seven years for armed robbery. Slack is required to serve 100 percent of his sentence for the murder charge and 85 percent for the armed robbery charge. The sentences run consectutively.

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